Jake Shears headlines Market Days 2019, August 10

Mon. August 5, 2019 12:50 PM by Brian Troutman

Northalsted Market Days, Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11

Jake Shears, fresh off an appearance at WorldPride closing ceremonies in Times Square, will be bringing that same fierceness to Northalsted Market Days this weekend for a show that's sure to turn heads.

He is best known as the lead male singer for the multiplatinum-selling glam rock band Scissor Sisters, a group known for their popularity within the LGBT community in the early 2000s before they disbanded in 2012. The openly-gay Shears is known for his provocative outfits and dancing.

Shears, who grew up in the Seattle area before moving to New York City, is very connected to other gay celebrities. He describes Anderson Cooper as a close friend and attended Sir Elton John's "stag" party before the famous musician's civil ceremony in 2005.

Shears' musical influences include ABBA, Blondie, Queen, Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, and Dolly Parton. He has collaborated with Kylie Minogue and Erasure's Andy Bell.

Shears is set to perform at 9 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage (Halsted & Brompton) on Saturday, exactly one year since the release of his debut solo album, titled "Jake Shears."

Full entertainment lineup

The 38th annual Northalsted Market Days takes place on Aug. 10-11 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The event runs down Halsted Street from Belmont to Addison. A $10 suggested donation is requested at the entrance.

Market Days is organized by and benefits the Northalsted Business Alliance, the organization behind Chicago Pride Fest, Frost Fest and the Northalsted Halloween Parade. For information visit northalsted.com.